Definitions for: Finish


[n] the act of finishing; "his best finish in a major tournament was third"; "the speaker's finishing was greeted with applause"
[n] a decorative texture or appearance of a surface (or the substance that gives it that appearance); "the boat had a metallic finish"; "he applied a coat of a clear finish"; "when the finish is too thin it is difficult to apply evenly"
[n] (wine tasting) the taste of a wine on the back of the tongue (as it is swallowed); "the wine has a nutty flavor and a pleasant finish"
[n] event whose occurrence ends something; "his death marked the ending of an era"; "when these final episodes are broadcast it will be the finish of the show"
[n] the downfall of someone (as of persons on one side of a conflict); "booze will be the finish of him"; "it was a fight to the finish"
[n] designated event that concludes a contest (especially a race); "excitement grew as the finish neared"; "my horse was several lengths behind at the finish"; "the winner is the team with the most points at the finish"
[n] the place designated as the end (as of a race or journey); "a crowd assembled at the finish"; "he was nearly exhuasted as their destination came into view"
[n] a highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality; "they performed with great polish"; "I admired the exquisite refinement of his prose"; "almost an inspiration which gives to all work that finish which is almost art"--Joseph Conrad
[n] the temporal end; the concluding time; "the stopping point of each round was signaled by a bell"; "the market was up at the finish"; "they were playing better at the close of the season"
[v] come or bring to a finish or an end; "He finished the dishes"; "She completed the requirements for her Master's Degree"; "The fastest runner finished the race in just over 2 hours; others finished in over 4 hours"
[v] cause to finish a relationship with somebody; "That finished me with Mary"
[v] finally be or do something, as in"He ended up marrying his high school sweetheart"
[v] finish eating all the food on one's plate or on the table; "She polished off the remaining potatoes"
[v] provide with a finish, as of furniture, for example
[v] have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical; "the bronchioles terminate in a capillary bed"; "Your rights stop where you infringe upon the rights of other"; "My property ends by the bushes"; "The symphony ends in a pianissimo"



Webster (1913) Definition: Fin"ish, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Finished; p. pr. & vb.
n. Finishing.] [F. finir (with a stem finiss- in several
forms, whence E. -ish: see -ish.),fr. L. finire to limit,
finish, end, fr. finis boundary, limit, end; perh. for
fidnis, and akin findere to cleave, E. fissure.]
1. To arrive at the end of; to bring to an end; to put an end
to; to make an end of; to terminate.

And heroically hath finished A life heroic.
--Milton.

2. To bestow the last required labor upon; to complete; to
bestow the utmost possible labor upon; to perfect; to
accomplish; to polish.

Syn: To end; terminate; close; conclude; complete;
accomplish; perfect.


Fin"ish, v. i.
1. To come to an end; to terminate.

His days may finish ere that hapless time. --Shak.

2. To end; to die. [R.] --Shak.


Fin"ish, n.
1. That which finishes, puts an end to? or perfects.

2. (Arch.) The joiner work and other finer work required for
the completion of a building, especially of the interior.
See Inside finish, and Outside finish.

3. (Fine Arts)
(a) The labor required to give final completion to any
work; hence, minute detail, careful elaboration, or
the like.
(b) See Finishing coat, under Finishing.

4. The result of completed labor, as on the surface of an
object; manner or style of finishing; as, a rough, dead,
or glossy finish given to cloth, stone, metal, etc.

5. Completion; -- opposed to start, or beginning.

Synonyms: cease, close, coating, complete, conclusion, conclusion, cultivation, culture, destination, eat up, end, end up, ending, finale, finis, finishing, finishing, goal, last, polish, polish off, refinement, stop, stopping point, terminate, wind up

Antonyms: begin, beginning, beginning, commencement, start, start

See Also: accomplish, act, adjourn, break, break up, broom, carry out, carry through, clear up, climax, close, close, closing, closing curtain, coat, come out, completion, culminate, culmination, cut out, decorativeness, defeat, demolition, destruction, die hard, disappear, discontinue, downfall, draw, dress, eat, end, end, end, end, end up, ending, execute, fetch up, final result, final stage, finale, finis, finish line, finish off, finish out, finish up, finish up, finishing line, flawlessness, follow through, foregone conclusion, fulfil, fulfill, get through, glaze, go, go away, go out, go through, gustatory perception, gustatory sensation, halt, happening, implement, land up, lapse, last, licking, matter of course, mop up, mop up, move, natural event, ne plus ultra, occurrence, omega, outcome, pass away, perfection, photo finish, polish off, put away, put through, recess, result, resultant, round out, ruin, ruination, run low, run short, runner-up finish, second-place finish, see through, shoeshine, standoff, stop, surface, taste, taste perception, taste sensation, terminate, termination, third-place finish, tie, triumph, tuck away, tuck in, turn out, vanish, victory, wind up, windup, wrap up, Z

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